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Sugar (2008)

R | | Drama, Sport | 24 April 2009 (USA)
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Dominican baseball star Miguel "Sugar" Santos is recruited to play in the U.S. minor-leagues.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jose Rijo ...
Walki Cuevas ...
Santo Silvestre ...
Umpire #1
Emmanuel Nanita Carvajal ...
Cesar Emilio Minaya C. ...
Joendy Pena Brown ...
Kelvin Leonardo Garcia ...
Marcos Rosa ...
Zaida Alexandra Hernandez ...
Lilin Soto Gonzales ...
Dioni Feliciano ...
Teodosia Sanchez Reyes ...
Walky Alvarez ...


By 2008, more than 25 percent of major league baseball players were born in Latin America. At 19, Miguel "Sugar" Santos, a serious kid from the Dominican Republic, signs with Kansas City. He flies to Phoenix for tryouts and is sent to the Class A team "The Swing" in the fictional town of Bridgetown, Iowa, where he lives with a farm family. Thus begins his odyssey: leaving his mom and girlfriend; living in an alien culture; learning English; overcoming jitters; working hard; achieving early success; navigating friendships, occasional racism, and a woman's mixed signals; dealing with an injury; trying performance-enhancing drugs; and, searching for his place in the world. Will he make it to the Majors; will he play in New York? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Sport

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Rated R for language, some sexuality and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 April 2009 (USA)  »

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Untitled Dominican Project  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,140, 5 April 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,081,922, 9 August 2009
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After this film was shot, the name of the team in Iowa was changed from the Swing of the Quad Cities to its former team name of the Quad Cities River Bandits. See more »


While Sugar is riding the bus in Iowa for Spring training, the corn in the fields has tasseled at a time when the soil and weather would prevent it from being planted. See more »


Frank: Life gives you lots of opportunities. Baseball only gives you one.
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References American Idol (2002) See more »


Written and Performed by Michael Brook
Courtesy of Canadian Rational LLC
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"SUGAR--The Sweet Smell of Success (at Being True to Yourself)"!
2 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

..........................................................from Pasto,Colombia...Via: L.A. CA., CALI, COLOMBIA....and ORLANDO, FL

More often than not, baseball stories are focused on the guy who manages to get all the way to the Majors. Sometimes we can lose sight of the fact that for every spot filled on a major league roster, there are scores, if not hundreds, of players who get sidelined somewhere along the way in their quest to make it to the big leagues! You don't have to like Baseball to enjoy SUGAR, but if you do, you're likely to enjoy it all the more. You have to give HBO films credit....Gutsy move to make a baseball movie that...

A) Is about 70% in Spanish

B) Manages to make the viewer empathize with the isolation & culture clash experienced by someone who arrives here not speaking any English and....

C) Morphs completely into a different movie genre! Algenis Perez Soto plays SUGAR. I'd venture a guess that more likely, he IS SUGAR! IMDb PRO lists this as his only acting gig, ever. Apparently, he is undecided as to whether or not to continue his career in acting.

Amazingly, Mr. Perez's contact E-mail address also appears. Here it is: algenisperez@gmail.com (Hope that you find the address Helpful!) SUGAR also boasts some great Dominican Merengue music; new, exotic third-world locations; and an on-screen collision between Dominican and Mid-Western Iowan cultures...Quite fascinating to watch!


Any comments, questions or observations, in English o en Español, are most welcome!

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